If you haven't read 'em, pretend you have
Hip*ster: one who possesses tastes, social attitudes and opinions deemed cool by the cool. (Note: it is no longer recommended that one use the term "cool." A Hipster would say instead "deck."
The Hipster walks among the masses in daily life but is not one of them and shuns or reduces to kitsch anything held dear by the mainstream. A Hipster ideally possesses no more than two-per-cent body fat.
- The Hipster Handbook by Robert Lanham
After reading Robert Lanham’s Hipster Handbook (Anchor, $14.95), would-be hipsters will make their way to bookstores with a long list of required reading. "All hipsters are selective about reading and wouldn’t be caught dead reading garbage written by Tom Clancy, Belva Plain or Nora Roberts," writes Lanham. "Hipsters often allow hip books to dangle from their bags to show others how cutting-edge they are."
Here’s Lanham’s must reads for the hipster crowd: